Iran has banned the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines from being used in the country, saying they are untrustworthy. Officials claimed pharmaceutical companies wanted to “test” the vaccines on Iranian citizens.
Mike Ansari of Heart4Iran says this all boils down to international politics. “The Iranian regime is creating mistrust against US and UK vaccines for purely political reasons. Iran has been struggling with Coronavirus infection from the start while wrestling with the consequences of U.S. sanctions. Some predict that Iran’s rejection of the offered vaccine from the West may [procede] the purchase of the Russian or Chinese vaccines.”
The Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine was approved in Russia much earlier than the Pfizer and Moderna shots were in the West, and questions about adequate safety linger. The leading Chinese vaccine, meanwhile, has been shown to be far less effective than advertised.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
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